Mixtape Mondays: Notorious B.I.G., Beanie Sigel, Jadakiss, Game

DVDs: Dirty Money's On the Come Up and Smack's Smack DVD Issue 5. The DVD magazines are coming on strong this week. These are two you need to check out.

Representing: Both DVDs cover just about every hip-hop hot region.

Joints To Check For:

  • On the Come Up: Notorious B.I.G. in-studio session. The gem here isn't Biggie in the mic booth — it's seeing what the Notorious one did in his leisure time in the lab. There's a hilarious segment where Big jokes on the phone about getting scooped up by the police, and later, Biggie and Puff Daddy lose a wad of money to their friend Fendi (the DVD's producer) while playing dice.

  • On the Come Up: Rucker championship game. Everybody heard about the chaos surrounding last summer's would-be throwdown between Fat Joe's Terror Squad basketball team and Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella ballers. As you may remember, the game never went down because of the Roc's forfeiture. Here you can see all the drama.

  • Smack: Beanie Sigel at home. Confined to his crib because of house arrest, Beanie let the folks at Smack come to his home to see how he gets down. In between playing pool, Beans talks about his two criminal cases and even finds time to shoot a low-scale video for one of his mixtape freestyles.

Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

  • Sickamore and Just Blaze's Manhunt: The Search for Sickamore

  • The Diplomats' Sippin on Sizzurp (DVD and mixtape)

  • Stat Quo's Underground Atlanta Mixtape Vol. 3: Hot Sauce

  • Statik Selektah's Spell My Name Right Vol. 9

  • Kochece and DJ Unexpected's Harlem Nights

  • Clinton Sparks' Get Familiar Blends Vol. 7

  • Dame Dash's The Warriors Mixtape Vol. 5: Great Expectations and Dress Shirt Mafia: Grown and Sexy

  • All Access DVD's Southern Hospimptality

'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar

  • "Yes Dem to Death" by Fat Joe

  • "I Will Not Lose" by Babs of Da Band

  • "Oh My God" by Tony Sunshine featuring P. Diddy and Dirt Bag

  • "Tipsy" remix by J-Kwon featuring the So So Def family

  • "Why" by Jadakiss featuring Anthony Hamilton

Celebrity Favs

Jadakiss, whose second solo LP, The Kiss of Death, hits stores June 15: "I like anything by Big Mike, Whoo Kid, Clue and Kay Slay. The Cutmaster C Jadakiss for President is hot. He put a lot of my joints on there, I liked how he formatted it. That was one of his best-selling mixtapes. Green Lantern's Armageddon was crazy. He had a bunch of exclusives."

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

  • One thing G-Unit's Game doesn't lack is confidence. He says he and his crew will continue to sit on top of the world, because they're sitting on a bunch of hit records.

    "[Lloyd] Banks' album is about to drop, n---a it's crazy," he said. "I ain't gonna gas you or nothing. [Young] Buck's [solo album] is crazy. When he comes, he's taking over the South. He's dirty and grimy and a real [n---a]. When my sh-- comes, I'm taking over the world, nothing less."

    Game's N.W.A. LP isn't slated to drop until later this year, but in less than a month, he's putting out his new mixtape, You Know What It Is Volume 2, which he says will feel like the real deal.

    "My next mixtape, it's gonna be like an album, it's gonna be crazy," he explained. "The G-Unit is on there, Dre is on there. Jay-Z is on there. Got my Dipset n---as on there. My artist Billboard is on there. It's comin'!"

  • Capone-N-Noreaga's New Religion LP has been a long time coming, and it looks like we have to wait even longer for that CNN project. Nore says that the group and the executives at Def Jam have to get on the same page before it comes out.

    "We gotta make sure them people upstairs get their minds right," said Nore, who just finished filming roles in "State Property 2" and two independent flicks. "The album's done but I'm moving on and making sure the Nore album is done."

    Yes, Nore is working on his next solo LP, Normanancal: N.O.R.E. Part 2 (good luck pronouncing that.). Hip-hop's Super Thug isn't giving away too many details, but he says he's working with a bunch of new producers and he has a big single that will be coming out soon that the ladies will be especially fond of. Collectively, CNN and their Militainment crew just put out the mixtape/DVD What Up 2 the Hood.

  • Beloved NY DJ Threat will be honored again this year. For the second year in a row, the Jason "DJ Threat" Campbell Foundation, a Scholarship and Awards Dinner Dance will take place in his honor, on May 12 in Westbury, New York.

    For other artists featured in Mixtape Mondays, check out Mixtape Mondays Headlines.

    For a full-length feature on the role of mixtapes in the music industry, check out "Mixtapes: The Other Music Industry."